Metropol Parasol Seville or Seville Mushrooms
Metropol Parasol Seville or Sevilla Mushrooms Address: Pl. de la Encarnación, s/n, 41003
Seville ,after having hosted the world expo in 1992, was in need of a contemporary building to enter the 21st century and put itself back on the map.
It was German architect Jurgen Mayer, winner of the Audi urban future award in 2010, who designed a wooden structure of mushrooms, parasols which construction started in 2005 on La Plaza de la Encarnacion, within a tremendous public controversy.
The Metro Parasol encountered several buidling problems raised during its construction and only around 2009, a solution in glueing the wooden panels araised in order to progress until its completion in 2011. The dimension of 150 meteres on 70 metres is simply impressive and has become one of Seville´s main touristic attractions.
It holds a museum with Moorish and Roman ruins at the bottom, called The Antiquarium.The complex holds a restaurant, an open air square for events and a panoramic runaway on in between the mushrooms with spectacular views of the city, the cathedral and more.
The site is very good to visit on hot summer days as every shade is Seville in daytime is more then welcome. At nighttime, when it is lighted , it even turns more into a futuristic ensemble which is pritty unique for Southern Spain´s region Andalucia.Check out their website and facebook to coincidide with events as this is a great spot to spend the afternoon or evening while enjoying a live concert, a market or something similar.
Although it´s controversy, The Metropol Parasol Seville was awarded the The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award which is a Prize given by the European Union and the Mies van der Rohe foundatuion from Barcelona to reward a quality architectural work in Europe’.